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Former West Valley Hotel hoping for summer opening

The past couple of years have been fascinating for the former West Valley Hotel. From being raised several feet in the air to having the majority of its interior completely gutted, the ongoing renovation process has its eyes on the finish line, which will hopefully be crossed in several months.


Cattaraugus County's Restrictions on Tobacco Purchases May Go Statewide

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to propose a raise in the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21, but Cattaraugus County is a few steps ahead of the plan.


New senior housing planned for Springville

SPRINGVILLE—New senior apartments could soon be coming to Springville with the proposed Fayebrooke Senior Housing. The apartments, which would be located on Commerce Drive next to the Concord Senior Center, are being finalized with the town and village as the owner looks to break ground this summer.


Hamburg Food Drive Benefiting The Food Bank of WNY

On Monday, January 21st, at 8:30am at the Hamburg Memorial Youth Center (200 Prospect Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075), The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc., with its partners: Village of Hamburg Parks & Recreational Department, Hamburg High School Academy of Finance, Food Bank of WNY, Inc., and Tops Fr


Cattaraugus County sports banquet set for March 30

CATTARAUGUS—The 17th Annual Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be Saturday, March 30 at the Cattaraugus Firemen’s Club starting at 6 p.m. Nominations for this year’s class of inductees and banquet sponsorship can be emailed to hidibenton@aol.com or call Mark Benton at 532-4053. Dead


Hamburg clergy rape victim's powerful Facebook post: 'The Church didn’t really care'

Harry King, 55, first told a Buffalo Diocese administrator in 2002 that the Rev. Donald Becker sexually abused him when King was a teenager in the late 1970s. He spoke to The Buffalo News this past spring, on the condition that his name be kept out of the story.


Officials investigate stolen school bus, break-ins in Cattaraugus County

CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y. — Three teenagers were taken into custody after a Randolph school bus was stolen overnight and recovered on Monday morning in Jamestown. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate the break-ins, which happened at Randolph Central School as well as a


Olean Imposes Parking Restrictions in Advance of Snowstorm

OLEAN, NY - Mayor William J. Aiello on Friday declared a Snow Event in anticipation of the predicted storm. The Snow Event designation restricts and prohibits parking on specific streets during snowfalls to allow for city snowplows to effectively clear city streets.


Allegany man charged with stealing dog

(WIVB) - An Allegany County man has been accused of stealing a dog. Zakary S. Cobb, 29, of Friendship, was arrested Wednesday by New York State Police and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, coercion, and aggravated cruelty to animals.


NY State Police: “Avoid Unnecessary Travel & Be Prepared” For Harper

Winter storm Harper is expected to hit CNY with a bunch of snow, high winds and low temperatures and the New York State Police want to make sure we stay as safe as possible. Several municipalities have already issued snow emergencies, but Troopers want to make sure you don't drive unless it's absolu


Assigning Blame Won’t Fix School Issues

It would have been easy for the Randolph Central School District board and administration to cast blame for an incident last week in which one of its school buses was stolen and driven to Jamestown by three Randolph Academy students.


New smoke detector law in New York State

UTICA, N.Y. - This year a new law is taking effect in New York State aimed at increasing your odds of escaping during a fire. If you've been tempted to take out the batteries of your smoke detector, this new law will prevent you from doing that.


Cuba man receives 5 years probation, more for DWI with child in vehicle

BELMONT — A Cuba man received five years of probation after pleading to aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, reported the Office of District Attorney Keith Slep. Stephen A. Osgood II, 37, was sentenced Thursday in Allegany County Court. In addition to probation, he was ordered to six months w


Randolph teen missing for more than two weeks

RANDOLPH — Authorities are looking for a Randolph teen last seen more than two weeks ago. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has released photos of 16-year-old Cor’Risha Thomas, who was reportedly last seen Jan. 2 and is missing from Randolph.


South Central property could be completed by June

SPRINGVILLE—Work is continuing at 37 S. Central Ave. attorney Paul Wiess announced at the Jan. 7 Village Board of Trustees meeting. If Steve Weber, who owns the property, continues adhering to deadlines, the structure will be up to code by June 30.


Bills hire new special teams coach

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Bills announced that they have hired Heath Farwell as their special teams coordinator. According to the Bills , Farwell spent the last three years coaching special teams. He was previously an assistant special teams coach with the Carolina Panthers.


Section VI dual meet wrestling championships KO'd by expected storm; Canisius-St. Joe's game still on

The anticipated winter storm this weekend has made an impact on the sports schedule in a major way, as the Section VI Dual-Meet Team Championship has been cancelled. Section VI wrestling co-chairman Israel Martinez said the top-seeds in Division I (Olean) and Division II (Falconer) will represent Se


Possibility of new Dollar General upsets Gowanda residents

GOWANDA — Citizens of Gowanda had some very mixed reactions regarding a rumored new business coming in at the latest Gowanda Village Board meeting. Gowanda resident and creator of the “Say no to Dollar General in Gowanda!” petition, Lisa Crassi, brought a key topic of discussion to the attention of


Young Wants Changes To School Aid Distribution

State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, wants to see changes to the way state education aid is distributed in the wake of a judge’s ruling against eight small city school districts, including the Jamestown Public Schools District.


With WNY-inspired snowman in Kentucky, driver 'reaps what he sows'

As a teenager in Wyoming County, Cody Lutz used to get so much snow at his home in Bliss that he could pile it high enough to snowboard from atop a shed out in the yard. At the time, he hardly imagined a snowman would one day provide him with a burst of national attention.